Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, Rome

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  • That some monks have been wanting and been allowed to dig some bodies up to use their bones as "artistic" decoration is then bizarre!! You feel set up for the presentation of strange creatures in the past. The church is beautiful.
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  • Went to this church (Bones Church/Knuckle Church) on the advice of a colleague. Certainly didn't regret it despite the reasonably high entrance fee (8.50 per person). Beautiful to see how important faith themes are shown in a respectful way.
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  • It is located near Piazza Barberini, it is a simple 17th-century church that has great notoriety for its treasure in bones. After the completion of the construction of the church Cardinal Antonio Marcello Barberini ordered the transfer of the remains of the Cappuccini brothers from the main cemetery to the crypt of the church and the organization in an "artistic" way, forming different reasons decorative full of symbolism. The crypt is divided into six small chapels decorated with the bones of more than 4,000 Cappucini brothers. The bones show different decorative elements. You can also see some complete skeletons adorned with the habit of cappucini monks! The reason for the work is to show the purpose of the body as a simple container for the soul. It is something different from other churches of this nature as in Milan (San Bernardino alle Ossa), in Évora (the chapel of bones), among others. It is not recommended to the most impressionable scenes of this nature.
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  • This crypt is one of the few places in the world where you will see human remains transformed into beautiful art. It is unique and definitely worth visiting. 10 years ago you could just walk in, see the crypt, and give whatever donation you felt appropriate. Few people knew about it, so it was not crowded. Now they have transformed the site into a much better publicized museum that you have to walk through to get to the crypt. They charge an admission price that is a bit steep (8.5 euros) for what it is, and the halls are packed with tour groups. Still, definitely worth a visit.
  • If you are lucky enough to visit Rome, my 3 top places to visit are, The Colosseum, The Forum, and this place.... you'll probably never see anything like this again. Really creepy, but mesmerising at the same time! ADVICE WARNING: possibly not for the squeamish, and remember..... this is a highly religious place, and you MUST be wearing appropriate clothing....
  • Edit June 2019 (originally posted Jan 2019) People complaining about the 8,5EUR price tag probably walked through the crypt without stopping to explore the details. A more-than-affordable stop, IMO. A very cool and interesting stop in your Rome trip. It's not for everyone, but it's definitely a unique destination that offers some history and information about the Capuchins before taking you into the crypts. The crypts aren't large, but they're morbidly beautiful and mesmerizing to look at- so much detail and time was put into them with lots to I-Spy throughout. Highly recommend stopping here.
  • I visited 20 yrs ago and was very excited to bring my daughter this time. So unique. And creepy. And in the past twenty years they opened up a museum about the people, which was very cool to add that layer to our visit.
  • I would give it five stars if only I had a great experience with the receptionist, who was just so busy texting on his phone rather than paying attention on me. He even asked me later “Are you okay?” well yes of course I was okay, you’re just not doing your job! Anyway, no photos/ videos are allowed during your visit. It is still very much an under the radar site in Rome, where you will learn about the history and the traditions of the Capuchins, and of course seeing the haunting skeleton decors of the crypts.
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